From May 1, more than 700 clean-up marshals will be stationed at prominent locations across the city. However, officials said this year, certain checks and restrictions have been introduced to prevent complaints of misuse of power, which forced the BMC to scrap the scheme last year.
Unlike last time, the marshals will be given receipt books with the offence as well as its penalty mentioned, to ensure people are not charged more than the fixed fine.
“No matter what the offence is, clean-up marshals will not be allowed to collect fines of more than Rs 1,000. Operation department officials in every ward office will monitor these receipt books on a daily basis,” said Vijay Balamwar, deputy municipal commissioner of the solid waste management department.
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Apart from the requirement of a minimum educational qualification of Class X, the marshals will have to undergo a training session focusing on the legal aspects of their job and on the proper manner of addressing the public.
The BMC has hired the marshals through 22 private agencies.
Some offences, such as dumping of illegal debris, carry a fine of Rs 20,000, while the penalty for improper disposal of bio-medical waste is Rs 10,000. The marshals will have to report these to municipal authorities.
At present, marshals have been stationed at crowded areas such as railway stations, markets, beaches, malls and hospitals. “Initially, we have placed them in the city’s prominent places. If the scheme is a success, we can ask the marshals to monitor slums as well,” said Balamwar.